Sherwood Forest Crier, April 1, 2021

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier April 1, 2021
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April 1, 2021

Pollen Daze in the Forest!

Sherwood Forest will hold our First Annual Pollen Daze Festival today!

Pollen levels for the Forest have been medium high to high for most of March and continue to color our world yellow! Our oaks and pines are providing the most pollen right now.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America lists Columbia as 23rd in the 2021 Allergy Capitals list! We think that’s something to celebrate! Rosewood can keep their mudbugs! This year we’ll be celebrating by wearing our masks and staying inside!

2021 Allergy Capitals list…

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

All South Carolinians aged 16 and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine! The CDC still recommends prevention measures including wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings even for fully vaccinated individuals.

CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People…

Find a vaccination location at SC DHEC’s Vaccine Locator…

UofSC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, April 18, 1-4pm

All are welcome to join us at Open House, always the 3rd Sunday of every month. Gates are open at Bloomwood Road and Wilmot Avenue.

Please note that trails are natural and hilly in sections. Restrooms are not available. Please leave pets at home. Visitors are asked not to park on the lawns of surrounding properties.

New Volunteer Sessions:
Get close the Arboretum and help us maintain the gardens and grounds. Meet at Bloomwood gate Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-1pm, and Thursdays 5-7pm.

Check event specifics and sign up for the newsletter on Facebook.

Contact Gail Wojtowicz at 618 402-8736 or by email or see UofSC’s Department of Biological Sciences W. Gordon Belser Arboretum web page.

Gills Creek Watershed Association Webinar Video
What does the USC Belser Arboretum have to do with stormwater?

This was a very informative webinar hosted by Gills Creek Watershed Association and presented by our neighbor Valerie Marcil. It includes presentations by Trey Frankin, Director of the Arboretum, and neighbor Warren Hankinson, City of Columbia Watershed Coordinator.

Here is the recording of the webinar…

Neighborhood Safety

Our CRT (Community Response Team) Officer Mason L. Frier is the Sherwood Forest neighborhood contact at the Columbia Police Department. In normal times, he attends our quarterly general meetings. Here is his current update:

We’ve made an arrest in reference to burglaries in the area, and are continuing to actively investigate the other incidents hopefully that will lead to further arrests.

Report a personal or property crime immediately to the City of Columbia Police by calling 911. To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency number 252-2911 or our CRT (Crime Response Team) Officer Mason L. Frier at (803) 391-6203 or Then alert your neighbors!

Sherwood Forest Real Estate Snapshot

This has been an interesting year in a multitude of aspects! Real Estate was no exception to the tumultuous times. I pulled up some information about our neighborhood and how we fared in the past 12 months. I eliminated all the homes that were withdrawn/expired as their data is incomplete. There were about 30 homes that went on the market and 20 have sold (or are in the process). Leaving 10 currently for sale, but half of those are part of the new Azalea Place Town Homes.

The average sold price was 304k with the highest being 4104 Blossom at $925k (still pending). Most homes sold for at or above the asking price. Ten of the homes sold in less than 10 days! As the pandemic has worn on it has created a shortage of homes for sale and resulted in higher prices and very quick sales – even in Sherwood Forest.

Next month I will share some demographic information for our neighborhood and answer any questions that might arise out of this snapshot. Enjoy our neighborhood!

Mark Hering

SFNA General Meeting
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30pm-8pm
This general meeting is tentative.

The SFNA general meetings are held quarterly on the second Tuesday of the second month of the quarter.

If you have questions, answers, requests, offers or comments about the neighborhood, you can join the discussion in our SFNA private group on Facebook at

Only your neighbors can see who’s in the group and what is posted.

SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, May 15
The clean up is tentative. Feel free to freelance in the meantime!

Here’s another reminder that dog poop bags should not be left on yard waste piles, but should only be placed bagged in the green rollcarts!

Please contact Dave Nelson at 803 447-4793 or for information or any questions.

Crier emails
We are making an effort to send out these informational emails around the first of every month to keep neighbors up do date on neighborhood events, and other events and information of interest. It’s cheaper and better for the environment not to print and pass out fliers! But we could all probably use the exercise!

If you have information of interest to the neighborhood, please pass it along and we may include it in a future Crier.

Tell your friends and neighbors to subscribe. No membership required, but of course we would like everybody to join! New neighbor? Let us know and we’ll send out the welcome wagon.

To subscribe, email or subscribe online

Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
Become a member or renew your membership now for 2021!
Dues are only $20 and are due in January. Pay your dues now online. Or pay at the next general meeting or mail a check to Henry Nechemias, 4 Robin Hood Ct., Columbia, SC 29205 and you will be paid up for 2021!